Julian Rosefeldt

Deep Gold (Nr. 2)

black/white photograph, LightJet print
56 x 84 x 4 cm
22.0 x 33.1 x 1.6 in
5/6 + 2AP
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The photo works were created in the context of the film Deep Gold (2013/2014), shot at the Filmstudios Babelsberg and at a Berlin nightclub.
'Deep Gold' is an homage to Luis Bunuel's surrealist masterpiece (and at its time of creation scandalous film) 'The Golden Age', translocated to the roaring Berlin 20's. The film functions as a fictional insert in the original movie and shows a world full of lust and desire and a weak male protagonist overwhelmed by an omnipresent female sexuality. Promiscuity and freedom from behavioural codes are excessively celebrated at the club 'Deep Gold', while the protagonist wanders around like a stranger – used to the inhibited bourgeois world he derives from.
Throughout the film he embodies a symbol of the constrained modern society Buñuel assaulted in the early twentieth century. Rosefeldt intertwines his references to Buñuel with up-to-the-minute news: Richard Wagner’s music and a Dalí double encounter topless FEMEN activists and other contemporary feminist protagonists, while wall posters with the Occupy-Wall-Street-slogan ‘We are the 99%’ hint at the parallels between the economic situation of the 1920s and that of today. The aesthetics of the film is akin to the original movie, but the moral and social standards in Deep Gold are those of the present: sexual revolution and the feminist movement reached their pinnacle long ago; promiscuity is reality and pornography is overall disposable.

This work is in excellent condition with no discernible condition issues. Detailed condition report available upon request.